Bill Scott

  • Dishwashers will be provided

    I see that the Prince of Wales will be speaking at COP26, and that the Pope will attend as well.  There are also rumours that Greta has squared her attendance at the event with her conscience and so she will...

  • What if the Oscars followed the Eco Schools example

    As I mentioned last week, Eco Schools is changing the way it operates.  See this. It's 2021/22 model of having all judgements of quality around the award of the green flag being made on-line with no visiting assessors being involved is...

  • Negotiating at COP26

    I've been dipping into the IPCC's new report, and reading other people's comments.  This struck me from The Economist: "A crucial part of this document is the “summary for policymakers”, which is, to some extent, also a summary by policymakers....

  • Green Flag with Merit

    I see that Eco Schools is making big changes to the way it operates.  These might be summarised as [i] abandoning the bronze and silver awards as stepping stones to flag acquisition; [ii] making the application process entirely on-line; [iii]...

  • Climate Education A and Q

    When the government was asked by an MP recently whether it has "made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a compulsory sustainability component to the national curriculum", the following response was given by  the Rt Hon Nick Gibb...

  • Rain, Wind and Dirty Driving

    I'm at home (of course) watching the rain pelt down.  I remember such July days from my childhood when rain stopped play in what I really wanted: all day cricket. It's an airless day, and checking my grid carbon app,...

  • Countryfile's misleading ecology

    I sometimes despair at Countryfile.  There was an outwardly commendable segment on Sunday’s programme about pollinators.  It was a coming together of Countryfile's Plant Britain scheme and Radio 2's Big Bee Challenge.  A bloke from Radio 2 interviewed the London...

  • Learning becomes UNESCO

    Thanks (I think) to the NAEE weekly round up for the info on the latest UNESCO wheeeeeeze.  It's another research commission; this time on the Futures of Education.  Note the plural.  The commissioners seem a random selection from the great...

  • A Farewell to GCSE

    ok; that's maybe a bit premature, but I've been reading Hemingway (again). That said, the arguments against this time warp of an exam certainly continue to mount.  It was good to see Philip Collins adding to them last week.  If...

  • Evolving a net-zero plan

    What seems likely to come to be seen as the most significant policy decision of recent times was not enacted by a vote in parliament after a considered debate, but was taken by means of a statutory instrument.  This is...